The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said Thursday it would allow 968 traditional public utility jeeps to service 15 routes in Metro Manila if the region shifts to general community quarantine on Aug. 19 as scheduled. This is to prepare for the surge in passengers and commuters once businesses resume operations.
Before Metro Manila reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine, the LTFRB ordered the return of 968 traditional PUJs on the streets by Aug. 5. However, this plan did not push through as President Rodrigo Duterte placed the capital region under MECQ for 2 weeks in response to the pleas of health workers for a timeout. Public transportation is banned in MECQ areas.
Instead of a permit, jeepney drivers must secure a QR code, print it, and display it in their jeepneys. Traditional PUJs also have to be certified as roadworthy before ferrying commuters. Fares will remain the same, the LTFRB said.
Safety and health protocols implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force must still be observed when jeepneys resume limited operations under GCQ. Passengers must undergo temperature scans before entering the jeepney, wear face masks at all times, and maintain social distance. Face shields will also be mandatory starting Aug. 15.
During a Senate hearing on Thursday, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said more traditional jeepneys will hit the roads once restrictions ease: "Please be assured that when hopefully the restriction will ease up by Aug. 19, there will be more PUJ that will be running on the streets of Metro Manila."